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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Southerland report
The 2018 legislative session of the 110th General Assembly that concluded on April 25 included action taken this year also includes legislation to aid veterans and to remove excessive occupational barriers, according to State Senator Steve Southerland. The Senate approved a package of bills this year honoring the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces including $700,000 for professional counseling for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Tax relief ensures that disabled veterans and elderly homeowners can continue to qualify for property tax relief if they are hospitalized or temporarily placed in a nursing home. The other bill exempts disabled veterans from having to pay sales tax or registration fees on a modified vehicle. Other legislation safeguards the identities of Tennessee veterans by cracking down on instances of theft and fraud involving those who attempt to imitate them. The legislature passed a key bill that helps to ensure Tennessee's occupational licensing does not keep offenders who have served their time in prison from obtaining employment and getting a fresh start in life. Another bill encourages self-sufficiency for low-income individuals by waiving the initial license fee for trade professions which can be a barrier for entry. Legislation was approved this year aiding workers seeking to enter Tennessee's workforce through a licensed profession by establishing an apprenticeship program. Two bills to help firefighters exempt volunteer firefighters or rescue squad members from having to pay the regular registration fee for their license plate and the other calls for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) counseling for EMS or professional firefighters.


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Monday, May 21, 2018

  • Rolling Thunder to stop off in Cocke County
  • Cocke Fire
  • Paramedics attacked
  • Lawson arrest in shooting
  • Trump to visit Nashville
  • Expensive gas for Memorial holiday

    Saturday, May 19, 2018

  • Tiny Homes purchases former Ace Products site
  • Qualifying is underway for Newport and Parrottsville posts
  • Do not disturb young wildlife
  • Farm Bill defeated
  • TBI investigating Greene County officer involved shooting
  • Walters State is tech-savvy
  • Friday fuel leak

    Friday, May 18, 2018

  • Partnership update
  • Fancher is candidate for Newport mayor
  • Missing Retreivers
  • Corley arrest
  • Safe Boating Awareness

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

  • SNAP could be cut to pay for tax cuts
  • Marijuana sentencing
  • Candidates for governor poll
  • Bredesen /Blackburn poll
  • Tennessee sues Oxycontin maker
  • In lieu of tax payments

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

  • Trouten pleads to arson
  • Phone wire cut in Del Rio
  • Cocke County School Board meets
  • Cocke County Jail assaults
  • Buckner injury
  • Burger search
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